CALVERT COUNTY, Md. (WRIC) — A Maryland resident could face charges after keeping a coyote as a pet, police said.
It is illegal to own a coyote in Maryland.
Authorities were called around 8 a.m. Wednesday for a report that a coyote was “running loose with a leash,” a press release from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office reads. Animal control officers were able to catch the coyote. They said the animal was wearing a collar, “indicating it was someone’s pet.”
A man admitted to police that he was the owner of the coyote, according to authorities. Upon investigation, officers were told the man got the coyote as a puppy in Virginia.